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I have tried to search through the internet about the definition of solar storm or what this term mean but i could found what it means. Also, what is the difference between the geomagnetic storm

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Wikipedia tells you the answer so I do not know how have you searched through the internet... – DaniH Apr 5 '12 at 17:38
did you try to type solar storm in wiki, if no, try it, it didn't show a page about solar storm – Mathematics Apr 5 '12 at 17:40
Indeed I did, you've got explained the solar flares which occur at the Sun's surface and the geomagnetic storms which include the disturbances caused by the solar wind to the Earth magnetosphere. – DaniH Apr 5 '12 at 17:46
@John Not in this case. The problem with this question has nothing to do with anyone being a physics geek or not; rather, it shows a complete lack of effort on the part of the questioner. As DaniH said, and as you yourself pointed out in your answer, typing "solar storm" into Wikipedia leads you straight to the relevant article. Mathematics, if you had said in the question that you had done this, and explained why the article you found didn't answer your question, it would have been a better question. – David Z Apr 5 '12 at 18:01
"I've upvoted to cancel one of the downvotes." Without my moderator hat on (because mods don't get to tell people how to vote) I consider this to be one of the worst reasons to vote for a post going. Either vote for it on your assessment of its merits or don't vote at all. – dmckee Apr 5 '12 at 18:10
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I think "solar storm" is a term more likely to be used by a newspaper than a helioseismologist. As far as the term has any strict meaning, it means the same as the rather better defined term "geomagnetic storm". This is a disturbance to the Earth's magnetic field caused when charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's magnetic field. As usual, Wikipedia has an excellent article on this at Incidentally, I note that if you search for "solar storm" on Wikipedia it redirects you to the "geomagnetic storm" article.

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Quote you, "search for "solar storm" on Wikipedia it redirects you to the "geomagnetic storm"" And 7 other options. Maybe we were a bit hard on Mathematics. – Clive Ballard Apr 5 '12 at 22:29

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